The American Association of Colleges and Universities
published a policy brief, “A Guide to Major U.S. College Completion
Initiatives” by Alene Russell. We reviewed this list and below provide links to
those that offer particularly useful information.
All have a common goal of increasing the number of Americans
with a post-secondary degree or credential. Some have recommended specific measures to further that
goal. Others include an emphasis on a specific population such as
underrepresented populations or adults who have college credit but no degree.
Achieving the Dream
Focuses specifically on two-year colleges with an
emphasis on efforts to keep low-income and students of color in school and
earning credentials. Good source for information on best practices, especially
for at-risk students
Adult College Completion Network
Focused on increasing college completion by adults
with prior college credits but no degree.
American Association of Colleges and Universities
Good overall site for information and updated
policy papers. To see the complete article “A Guide to Major U.S. College
College Completion Agenda
This College Board Policy and Advocacy Center
initiative is promoting goal to increase proportion of 25-34 year-olds who hold
an associate degree or higher to 55% by 2025. Provides state-by-state
comparisons, covers Pre-K and up education.
Complete College America
A leader in the effort. Collecting data from each
Complete to Compete
A National Governors Association Chair initiative
in 2010-2011 that developed a set of common measures, compiled best practices,
and provided grants to help states achieve higher graduation rates. Complete College America is using much
of their material.
Lumina Foundation for Education
The nation’s largest private foundation focused on getting
more Americans into and through higher education. Their “big goal” is to
increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials
to 60% by 2025. The website provides reports on topics related to the goal.
This project of the Institute for Higher Education
Policy (IHEP) is targeting students who were at or near completion of an
associate degree to achieve completion. As of fall 2011, 64 institutions were
participating. The broader site for IHEP also contains more information on